LEBANON IMAGES:BAALBEK ~ HIPSTA-GRAMMATIC FINALE

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31JUL13. Baalbek, Lebanon.

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LEBANON IMAGES: BAALBEK

Baalbek, also known as Baalbeck (Arabic: بعلبك‎ / ALA-LC: Baʻalbak, Lebanese pronunciation:[ˈbʕalbak]) is a town in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon situated east of the Litani River. Known as Heliopolis (Greek: Ἡλιούπολις) during the period of Roman rule, it was one of the largest sanctuaries in the empire and contains some of the best preserved Roman ruins in Lebanon. The gods worshipped at the temple, the triad of Jupiter, Venus and Bacchus, were grafted onto the indigenous deities of Hadad, Atargatis and a young male god of fertility. Local influences are seen in the planning and layout of the temples, which vary from the classic Roman design. (wiki)

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31JUL13. Baalbek, Lebanon.